Three cups chicken is originated from Jiangxi and it’s also a very famous dish in Taiwan. The 3 cups are 1 cup of sesame oil, 1 cup of soy sauce, and 1 cup of rice wine.
3 pieces of boneless chicken thigh
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
1 tablespoon of oil
3 tablespoons of sesame oil
10 pieces of ginger slices
10 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of sugar
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
3 tablespoons of rice wine
1 cup of basil
Debone the chicken thighs and slice up the thick part of the chicken thighs but without cutting it all the way through. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, introduce the chicken thighs into the pan, skin facing down and cook in medium heat for about 3 minutes until they turn golden brown. Turnover and cook the chicken for another 3 minutes. Take them out and cut the chicken into pieces just like this. (At this point, the chicken might not be completely cooked yet, which is ok. Because we are going to cook them more.)
In the same pan, add 3 tablespoons of sesame oil, and cook 10 pieces of sliced ginger until the aroma comes out. Then add 10 cloves of garlic and cook until they turn golden brown. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar (This will give a beautiful color to the chicken later), and stir fry until everything is melted. Now add back the chicken pieces, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 3 tablespoons of rice wine. Stir for a bit and cover the lid and cook for 3 more minutes. Open the lid and as the sauce is thicken, add 1 cup of basil and mix.
Preheat a clay pot. Transfer everything into the clay pot. Cover the lid and cook over high heat for 1 minutes. Serve!
To marinate the chicken, in a big bowl, add 1/2 of an egg white, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, a pinch of sugar, 1 tablespoon of corn starch & 1 tablespoon of water. Mix well. Then add 8 ounces of chicken cubes. Mix again and marinate for 30 minutes.
To make the sauce, in a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of orange juice, a pinch of orange zest, 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of water. Combine.
Now let’s make the batter! Alright, so in a big bowl, add 1 cup of sweet potato starch, 1 egg, a pinch of salt, a pinch of baking soda. Then we also going to add 4 tablespoons of oil, 4 tablespoons of water. Mix until combine. Then add the chicken pieces into the batter.
In a pot, add about 2 quarts of vegetable oil. Fry the chicken at 350F for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Take the chicken out. Then turn up the heat until the oil is at 375F. Put back chicken. We are using double frying method to make the chicken even crispier. Now take out the chicken and put on a paper towel.
In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 stalks of chopped scallions, and wait until the aroma comes out. Pour in the sauce and wait until thicken. Then add the fried chicken. Stir until combine. Well done!
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